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HOW TO: Setting Up a GPRS Connection for Pocket PC Phone Edition Devices
Posted by Arne Hess - on Friday, 17.01.03 - 19:01:00 CET under 11 - Tips and Tutorials - Viewed 19321x
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Connecting the Pocket PC Phone Edition to GPRS is pretty easy if you know how to do it. This is a general step-by-step which works for all Pocket PC Phone Edition devices and for all GSM/GPRS carriers world wide.

Creating a new GPRS connection
Before you can dial into the GPRS network of your cellular operator, you have to setup the Pocket PC Phone Edition to dial the proper connection.

  • Tap [Start] -> [Settings].
  • Tap the [Connections] tab to open the connection settings.
  • Tap the [Connections] icon.
  • Tap on the first [Modify] button [below Internet Settings].
  • Now you get an empty list of all your Dial Up Networking connections.
    Tap [New...] o create a new connection.
  • Give your connection a name and select the GPRS modem of your Pocket PC Phone Edition called [Cellular Line (GPRS)].
  • Leave the [Baud rate] as it is (19200). This baud rate doesn't have any effects on the real GPRS connection speed.
    Also you don't need to use [Advanced...] settings in most cases, so give it a try first without adding any DNS servers etc. and tap [Next]
  • Now you need to enter the most important part. It's telling the Pocket PC Phone Edition which APN (Access Point Node) should be used. The APN is pretty similar to a Proxy Server and operators might use more than one/different for different services. Typically an operator has up to three APNs within the network: one for Internet, one for WAP (Wireless Application Protocol) and maybe one for MMS [Mobile Multimedia Messaging System).
    Depending on which service you want to create a connection for, you have to use the appropriate APN name. Your operator or its web site can give you the APN names.
    This APN have to be entered into the [Access Point name] field like:


    Tap [Finish] to close the setup screen.

  • Your new connection is added and stored.
    Close the screen by tapping [ok]
  • Now you are ready to go to dial your first GPRS connection.

Dialing a GPRS Connection
If you have everything configures, make sure that your devices are connected (if you use a cable) and ready to go (align the infrared port of your Pocket PC Phone Edition to the infrared port of your cell phone or make sure that Bluetooth is switched on on both devices).

A connection can be dialed in different ways and the Connection Manager will try to take care. E.g. if you open a URL from your Pocket Internet Explorer which requires a connection, the GPRS connection should be dialed automatically; same if you synchronize your POP3/IMAP4 E-Mail account or if you login to MSN Messenger.
However, you can also force the Connection Manager to dial manually by tapping [Connect]:

If your connection was successful you a notification bubble will appear.

To disconnect simply open the notification bubble again by tapping the two arrows on the Task Bar and tap End.

That's it, you are ready to enjoy the true wireless Internet through GPRS now - wherever you are and wherever you go!

Cheers ~ Arne


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Posted by Linda on 06.04.03 - 21:57:50

How do you go about making a compaq ipac pc h3900 series wireless? There has to be a way, and a cheap way. lol. All help will be read! smile

Linda the newbie... smile

Posted by Arne Hess on 07.04.03 - 04:15:22

Hi Linda.

You are talking about GPRS connectivity right?

If so, what phone are you thinking of using for wireless connectivity?

As for how to set up your h3900 iPAQ, are you using a Bluetooth enabled one 3970? Or are you using one without Bluetooth?

If you are talking about GPRS connectivity for the h3900 series. I think this will help shed some light to it.




Posted by Ralph Shumway on 17.05.03 - 13:25:01

I have a SX56 from AT&T.  I canceled the net service.  Is there any other ervice avail to me?

Posted by Josias Ndari on 24.08.03 - 01:33:40

I have a new Ipaq 5555 and can not find the above icons, therefore unable to setup gprs.  Please help.


Posted by Sean on 02.09.03 - 12:54:20

Ok, Here i get stuck, My PPC 2002 doesn't give me Cellular line [gprs] option, only hays modem on com1, Generic IrDA or native IR. Where can I find the other drivers?

Posted by Arne Hess on 02.09.03 - 12:58:54

@Sean: What's you Pocket PC 2002? Please note that this instructions are for the Pocket PC Phone Edition not a regular Pocket PC

Posted by Sam on 02.09.03 - 13:12:58

I havw strange problem.I used GPRS for 5days.Then cancelled my subscribtion.Again i subscribed, now in my Qtek 1010 it doesn't show G.Also it doesn't connect to net.I checked with ISP everything is ok.I tried my SIM card to other Qtek 1010 there also it doesn't connect.

Can anyone help me to solve this problem.

Posted by Sean on 02.09.03 - 13:16:26

I am using a viewsonic V35 with Standard Pocket PC 2002. and I am trying to connect to a Sony Ericsson T68i. I can do basic data calls, no problem but can't get the thing to work with the phone's gprs. Can you point me in the right direction?

Posted by Arne Hess on 02.09.03 - 13:24:51

@Sean: your direction is here: HOW TO: Setting Up a GPRS Connection for Pocket PC 2002 Devices (http://.../)

It's for standard Pocket PCs without Phone Edition. ;-)

Posted by Arne Hess on 02.09.03 - 13:29:40

@SAM: If the G doesn't appears your SIM card is still not GPRS enabled. You need to see the G as it indicates that GPRS is available for you!

An subscription update could take some time so if you carrier told you GPRS is enabled it might be enabled in there system but still not in your subscription.

Posted by Sam on 02.09.03 - 13:36:47

I had Installed Phone Today software.After Installtion for few seconds it showed GPRS Available.I thought it will work,but still the same.I visited my ISP GPRS verify my subscription,they say Iam subscribed no problem at all.Told me to reset your device but still not working.I mentioned that I have used it and I could see G.But now not.

Is this SIM card problem or Qtek Radio problem

Please Arne help.


Posted by Sean on 02.09.03 - 13:56:17

Thanx a Million! Viewsonic says it can't be done but it works a charm!

Posted by Tim Cockitt on 02.10.03 - 17:44:36

Our organisation has moved to the HP Compaq iPaq H5550 as our standard PDA.  This is installed with Pocket PC 2003 - can anyone supply me with instructions for sorting the GPRS Connections etc for PPC 2003? Iin other words I'm looking for the equivalent of Arne's instructions above: "Setting Up a GPRS Connection for Pocket PC Phone Edition Devices", but for the new PPC 2003 operating system.

With thanks

Tim Cockitt.

Posted by abunael on 04.10.03 - 21:05:23

Having the Laptop & the Qtek 1010, PPC Phone edition 2002 at home, i wanna browse the internet from my laptop using the PDA GRPS capability instead of dialing from home land line. Can't figure how to set it up. Any help ?

Posted by Kevin on 17.10.03 - 17:19:51

I have a nokia 6310 and an old HP Jornardo 520. Can it be done on this? I'm struggling to get it to work. I can't find drivers for Nokia 6310 and gprs functionality.

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